Lisa Lisa is using her voice to help fight a cause very close to her heart: breast cancer. The 46-year-old breast cancer survivor will perform in Redbank, N.J. Saturday (March 17) at the Freestyle Palooza in the Count Basie Theatre, to help raise awareness about the disease.
In support of the Hip-Hop Fights Breast Cancer movement, she will rock her “Mama Luke” t-shirt, named after the mother of the foundation’s co-founder, Gay Frances Gunn-Lucas, and discuss her journey down the road to survival.
Founded by Shaunda Lampkin and rap pioneer Kangol Kid, of the 80’s group UTFO, Hip-Hop Fights Breast Cancer was started in memory of Mama Luke, who was diagnosed with stage 2A breast cancer in 2008. Two years later, and just two weeks shy of her 60th birthday, she succumbed to the disease. In an attempt to keep her memory alive, and continue to shine a light on breast cancer, Lampkin, Kangol, and others, including fellow Hip-Hop legend Roxanne Shante, sponsored the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk in Newark, N.J., back in 2010. The group raised upwards of $3,000 for the cause, prompting them to spearhead their own movement, which is centered around educating those in urban areas about the disease, while uplifting the spirits of breast cancer survivors everywhere.
Lisa Lisa met Mama Luke one week before her death, on the Tom Joyner Fantastic Voyage Cruise. This event will mark the fist time that the New York City native has spoken with her friends at the Freestyle Palooza about her fight against breast cancer.